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Confessions of an art student: Introducing Paul Butterworth

However, though I have learned some painting skills, learning to look and question has been much more important. By 60 my world view was set but the OCA has turned it into sand.

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Student work: Helen Price

I enjoyed the way that art history and context was interwoven throughout the course. As each unit was presented, different artists and works were introduced in a way that was relevant to the project at hand. I found this to be a refreshing approach, in contrast to a timeline-based introduction to the history of art.

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Study event: OCA East of England – Cultivating a reflective practice

As there is a strong emphasis on reflective practice in our learning logs, this workshop will be of interest to students on any course. Participants are asked to bring a couple of examples of their own work to aid discussion. Notebooks, pens and handouts will be provided on the day.

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BA(Hons) Photography Programme: Trialling online group work

Following on from OCA research into student engagement as part of Project 2018 and drawing on student feedback at unit level, degree programmes across OCA are piloting a range of online group work sessions.

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Virtuality in a plastic world

We are becoming increasingly attuned to the damage that plastic and the chemical components within that disrupt the human endocrine system, lurking in everything from cleaning products to fragrances. Many artists and visual art students have recently become attuned to this particular environmental crisis, responding in a myriad of ways.

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In conversation with: Hayley & Ása

Tutor Hayley Lock chats to student Asa Aradottir about her interests in ecology and how her passions for her immediate landscape are becoming integrated in your OCA studies. They also discuss  how Asa moves her painting practice through the different landscapes of Iceland and Arizona. All photographs courtesy of Ólafur Arnalds.

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Study event review: OCA East of England – A student’s perspective

Without going into details about individual chats – we stayed about an hour before we drifted out into the cold and wet – my main takeaway (and the best bit of the day) was how supported I felt. I was an art student with other art students.

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Study event review: East of England – A tutor’s perspective

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside … On Saturday 12 October, a band of hardy students from the East of England group braved the elements to join me on the East Coast to undertake a day of practical work.

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Study event: OCA North

Join Andrew Conroy, a photographer, semiotician and OCA tutor on the 10 November in Halifax.

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